Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Science

Under the guidance of law enforcement and forensics experts, uncover new evidence on a real cold case by applying cutting-edge forensics and crime scene analysis techniques.

Abductions, murders, and other high profile violent crimes are a constant fixture in local news, often capturing national and worldwide attention. Armchair detectives, professional psychologists, and investigators alike attempt to answer the questions: Who did it? Why did they do it? and How? Every forensics case brings together a team of individuals each with a vital role in answering these questions. In this program, EXPLO CSI + Forensics students will develop new leads on a real cold case. Together with local law enforcement, criminal psychologists and forensic investigators, students will investigate theories of criminal behavior, sift through evidence from actual case files, practice forensic techniques and identify solvability factors. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to an unsolved case and bring law enforcement closer to providing justice to the families of these victims.


This program is geared toward students who are naturally curious, interested in science, psychology or the law and who want to contribute to the actual work of solving a real case. Students must be prepared to do extensive research on the presented case and prepare a professional presentation for a panel of industry experts. Please note: students should be prepared to view and discuss real evidence, including crime scene photos, reports, and discussion of actual violent crimes.


EXPLO Pre-College + Career students are required to bring a laptop, computer, tablet, or Chromebook to the program. All devices must be able to access the Internet and utilize basic word processing and presentation-type programs (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) Rentals are available after enrollment in the program. Please contact the Admission Team for more information.


College credit available through Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Cold Case Investigation with Sheryl McCollum

Sheryl McCollum is a crime analyst and the Director of the Atlanta-based Cold Case Investigative Research Institute. She will lead students in a multi-day investigation of a real cold case. Sheryl will introduce the case file, evidence, witness statements, timelines and more. She’ll teach you how to “walk the scene,” identify solvability factors and coach you through devising an action plan that could help reopen the investigation.



If conditions permit, students will visit the actual crime scene(s) associated with the case alongside Sheryl McCollum and local law enforcement.

Crime Scene Investigation

Students will access mock crime scenes in small teams and put their forensics investigation techniques to the test. Assess the scene, carefully collect physical evidence, and document the chain of custody. You’ll place evidence markers, use crime scene photography techniques, pull latent fingerprints, and observe recognizable patterns of evidence.

Forensic Techniques Training with Dr. Henry C. Lee

Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute for Forensic Science. He has consulted on over 8,000 criminal cases including the O.J. Simpson trial and JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. Dr. Lee’s training will introduce you to some of the most cutting-edge forensics techniques and technology available. You’ll get hands-on experience in areas such as bloodstain pattern analysis, latent fingerprint development, and DNA analysis.

Forensics Laboratory Techniques

Practice and study forensics lab techniques including blood movement and bullet trajectory analysis, fingerprint classification, collection of latent fingerprint and footprint impressions and human bone identification and classification methods used in examining skeletal remains.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Cold Case Investigation with Sheryl McCollum

Sheryl McCollum is a crime analyst and the Director of the Atlanta-based Cold Case Investigative Research Institute. She will lead students in a multi-day investigation of a real cold case. Sheryl will introduce the case file, evidence, witness statements, timelines and more. She’ll teach you how to “walk the scene,” identify solvability factors and coach you through devising an action plan that could help reopen the investigation.



If conditions permit, students will visit the actual crime scene(s) associated with the case alongside Sheryl McCollum and local law enforcement.

Crime Scene Investigation

Students will access mock crime scenes in small teams and put their forensics investigation techniques to the test. Assess the scene, carefully collect physical evidence, and document the chain of custody. You’ll place evidence markers, use crime scene photography techniques, pull latent fingerprints, and observe recognizable patterns of evidence.

Forensic Techniques Training with Dr. Henry C. Lee

Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute for Forensic Science. He has consulted on over 8,000 criminal cases including the O.J. Simpson trial and JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. Dr. Lee’s training will introduce you to some of the most cutting-edge forensics techniques and technology available. You’ll get hands-on experience in areas such as bloodstain pattern analysis, latent fingerprint development, and DNA analysis.

Forensics Laboratory Techniques

Practice and study forensics lab techniques including blood movement and bullet trajectory analysis, fingerprint classification, collection of latent fingerprint and footprint impressions and human bone identification and classification methods used in examining skeletal remains.

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